Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best, classical, and most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This trek is full of wonders. It offers you the ultimate trekking experiences all in one. The pristine Himalayas, serene nature, traditional culture of the different ethnic groups, and cascading waterfalls among many others are sure to keep you forgetting the outside world.
On the ABC trek, you will witness the beauty of the world’s 10th highest mountain Mount Annapurna (8091m), and scared Mount Machhapuchhre (6993m) along with other mountains. Also, you will experience diverse geography, and a variety of flora and fauna and enjoy the pleasant walk passing through vibrant rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests along the way. Not only this, you will hike to the famous PoonHill viewpoint where you will get 360-degree panoramic views of the magical mountains, and finish the trek with a relaxing hot spring in Jhinu Danda.
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a comparatively easy and short trek compared to other high-altitude treks in Nepal. Anyone with basic physical fitness can easily do the trek.
You can start the Annapurna trek either from Ghorepani or go directly to ABC through Chommorong. Most people do it from Tikhedhunga, Ulleri.
Our Annapurna trek package is also designed via Ulleri, Ghorepani route. But we can customize the itinerary anytime as per your needs.
The best time to go for this trek is in Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Oct-Nov) seasons. If you trek in spring, you will be mesmerized by the picturesque views of blooming rhododendron woods. The days are warm and clear skies for mountain views.
The Autumn season is the busiest trekking season in Nepal. This season starts after the monsoon which means all the dust and pollution are washed away and the atmosphere is amazingly clear. You can get a crystal clear view at day and night time too.
When it comes to Annapurna Base Camp Trek you don’t need to pack a ton of clothes and trekking gear. A few pairs of clothes including jackets and trousers to keep you warm during the night time along with trekking poles, glasses, and comfortable boots is enough to pack for the ABC trek. And remember you don’t need to spend fancy for these items. You can rent or purchase everything you need in Thamel.
Things we recommend to pack for the Annapurna Base Camp trek are:
Note: These are the basic items you need to pack for the trek in general. However, you can add or remove stuff as per your needs. And always try to make your backpack as light as possible. Don’t bring unnecessary gear and items.
Annapurna Base Camp trail offers you one of the best food and lodging experiences during the whole trek. Hotels in this region have decent enough rooms to keep your stay cozy and comfortable except on the base camp. There are only a few lodges on the base camp and on top of that, it is extremely cold at the night. So, our company provides you with sleeping bags during this trek.
The food in Annapurna trek is pretty good and delicious. Unlike in the Everest region, the food here is easily assessable and they are comparatively cheap and fresh too. Yes, you can enjoy the non-veg meals during the trek but after the Sinuwa village meat is not allowed till the base camp. However, you can enjoy the dishes with eggs, cheese, and even tuna items.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is considered to be the easy to moderate level trek. Because the maximum altitude you will gain during the trek is 4,130m which is Annapurna Base Camp itself. Otherwise, most of the time you will be hiking at a lower altitude below 3000m.
The trekking trail is not so steep and rugged. On average you have to walk 5-6 hours a day. So, it can be a bit difficult for a beginner without prior training and preparations.
So, we recommend you exercise for a month or so before doing this trek. Cardio activities like running, swimming, cycling, and doing yoga to improve your breathing should be good enough to prepare for the trek.
For better understanding here is the altitude chart of Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Day 1: Kathmandu arrival day (1400m)
Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (827 m)
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani (2874m)
Day 5: Hike to Poonhill (3210m) and Trek to Tadapani (2590m)
Day 6: Trek to Chhomrong (2210m)
Day 7: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2600m)
Day 8: Trek to ABC (4130m) through MBC (3700m)
Day 9: Trek to Bamboo (2310m)
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m)
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul (1100 m) and drive to Pokhara (827m)
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu(1400m)
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu (1400m)
Airport pick up and drop service in a private vehicle
Welcome dinner and farewell dinner.
Twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) at tourist standard hotel along with breakfast
Accommodation during the trekking in a teahouse/Lodge
All three meals on the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner), fruits after dinner and tea/coffee (3 times a day)
Tourist coach drive to and from Pokhara (air ticket or private vehicle can be arranged on the client’s behalf upon request)
Government certified English speaking trekking guide
The entire cost of the staff members involved in the trek (their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation)
Porters (one porter for every two trekkers) and his entire expenses (salary, food, accommodation equipment, and insurance)
Charges of all necessary documentation and permits that include a permit for Annapurna Conservation Area perm, Trekkers Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card
Down jackets and sleeping bags (upon request), should be returned to the company after completion of the trek.
Company’s duffel bag, and a company’s t-shirt as a souvenir.
Trekking route map
First Aid Kit (carried by a trek guide)
The arrangement of helicopter rescue service (trekker’s travel insurance must cover this expense)
All applicable federal and local taxes.
Nepal visa and International flights fare.
Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara besides welcome and farewell dinner.
Expenses for your clothing and personal gears
Your personal equipment and other expenses such as mineral water, soft beverages, laundry, hot drinking water on the trek, bar bills, showers, internet, battery chargers etc.
Your travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation
Tipping to the guide, porter, and drivers
Any other expenses not itemized in the "What is Included in the Trip cost? " are your personal expenses.
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